Facial recognition gaining traction in HR – Accsys


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HR experts say facial recognition is increasingly becoming popular for access control in commerce in South Africa beating biometric technology, based on fingerprint identification.

Security remains a priority for South African businesses and according to solution management specialists at Accsys, clients are beginning to take a vested interest in biometric solutions that are based on iris identification.

Accsys is a member of the Business Connexion Group (BCX) and national supplier of people management software and hardware solutions within the HR, payroll and time & attendance space.

The Sandton-based Company has established a leadership position within key business disciplines of time & attendance and access control solution development, integration and support.

 Teryl Schroenn, CEO of Accsys, says whilst the domestic market has not yet gained maturity in terms of the full rollout and widespread commercial use of hardware based on facial recognition (readers, for example), the company has experienced a greater number of enquiries as to availability and cost.

“When it comes to reader technology, fingerprints remain the dominant technology within systems. However, facial recognition is also considered highly accurate and very difficult to manipulate or copy, which means less fraud and ultimately less risk to the company and cost reduction,” Schroenn explains. “We do receive enquiries about the level of development, availability and cost of integration and support for this technology.   There is also the “no touch” aspect to facial recognition, bringing in an hygiene factor.”

One of the main reasons for the increase in investment in biometric solutions by businesses is the desire to not only protect their resources, but also enhance the regulation of employees. As such biometric solutions seriously address issues like ‘buddy-clocking’ and the cost of arduous, outdated systems based on old-style clock and reader infrastructure.

 Technology that ‘reads’ the biological ‘make-up’ of an individual’s iris is on its way, but a great deal more research and development has to be completed before service providers can distribute and support it.

However Schroenn adds that when the market reaches this state of organisation, Accsys will be there to support local adoption, integration and application.

Accsys is an award winning supplier of payroll, HR, time & attendance and access control solutions that are designed to optimise the management of people and processes in business.  Accsys is an acknowledged market leader with customers in 13 countries.

Part of the Business Connexion Group of technology companies, Accsys’ success as an industry leader in the provision of HR solutions is built on a solid base of product excellence, customer satisfaction and total support.

The Accsys offering combines modern software solutions with high standards of service and an emphasis on training and skills upliftment.   Accsys prides itself on keeping a balance between consultants with strong academic qualifications and those with extensive industry knowledge.  The solutions have been developed in South Africa since 1981 and are geared towards enhancing local and African conditions.